COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Nassau County fill quickly

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After the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County received a “very limited” supply of the Moderna COVID-19, the county announced a plan to begin distributing the vaccine.

Nassau County Director of Emergency Management Greg Foster said Sunday that the county on Monday will begin a ticket process through Eventbrite, allowing people to get a ticket online and receive directions by email on how to schedule their appointment and where. By mid-morning Monday, all available appointments were full

Foster said the county decided to go with this process in an attempt to avoid problems with phone lines or websites crashing and to prevent residents from having to camp overnight. That was the case in St. Johns County when the county was operating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Foster said health care workers with direct patient contact, who have not received a vaccine through their employers, and those age 65 and older can visit www.OneNassau.com, could follow directions from the “COVID VACCINE” button to make an appointment.

Those receiving the first shot would get instructions on how and when they will receive their second shot.

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According to Foster, supplies are expected to increase over the next couple of weeks but may still be in limited allotments.

“We have received fewer doses than some counties, so we have been focused on getting vaccine out to those who are most vulnerable in our community, those most in need, as soon as possible. Now, we can start meeting the guidelines set by the Governor and begin the process of providing vaccines to residents over 65 years old,” Foster said. “For now, it is a slow process, but we are working diligently get everyone vaccinated.”

The state Department of Health already started delivering vaccines to front-line medical staff and other health care personnel in Nassau County, according to emergency management officials.